Leisure and Sports

Thermal Tourism

GALICIA – Water for the Senses

The increase that the thermal tourism experienced in Galicia placed its offer in an undisputed first place in the Peninsula. Proof of this is the guide you have in your hands, which in this second edition features a new score of twenty establishments emerged in the last three years.

However, more than the number of resorts, thalassotherapy facilities or spa hotels, it is even more remarkable for its variety, which allows each client to find, without leaving Galicia, what best suits his needs, tastes or budget: from a modest traditional spa in which some physical condition can be improved, to a modern establishment in which you can opt for a relaxing, cosmetic or health treatment, or even combine all these features whilst enjoying nature, outdoor sports and, of course, the local cuisine.

It is true that Galicia, a land full of legends, literature and even popular songs dedicated to their waters, the thermal tradition comes from afar. Already the Romans, who knew well what they were doing, knew how to use its many springs to improve health, but also to have fun, relax and discuss in their spas the divine and the human. And so without going as far back in time, also the Galician geography is sown with those healing pools where our great our great-grandparents found relief.

During the heyday of spas –mid-nineteenth century to the beginning of the twentieth century—, the most traditional Galician spas became major social centres that congregated the crème de la crème of society. After the war, and with sunbathing on the beach becoming fashionable, there were few who avoided decline or closing, although nowadays, driven by the cult of the body trend and a pace of life that forces you to stop and regain physical and mental balance, spas are positively revived.

Many regained its glory of yore incorporating advanced facilities. As a result, they attracted a younger body of clients, who, in addition to their traditional therapeutic goals, they sought a few days of rest and care, enjoying the idea that you do not need to be sick to go to a spa. Others, opened its doors later, connected hotels of up to four and five-star hotels and, due to the demand, were joined by thalassotherapy centres and spas.

Spas, whose treatments are based on the preventive and curative properties of its medicinal mineral waters and must have a doctor that administers the appropriate times, can be focused on a more playful or more therapeutic aspect of spas, but it is increasingly common to combine both, as it happens with thalassotherapy, which bases its treatments on the properties of the sea and its surroundings. Meanwhile, spas, where the water used does not have special properties are directed towards giving their customers some hours of relaxation and entertainment in their heated dynamic pools or in their bubble baths, although some of the most complete resorts propose such amount of services that they are also an ideal option for those who have as only disease the need to disconnect and be taken care of for a few days, and that is more than enough in these times.


The category of these hotels, which have in their rooms a real spa, ranges from one to five stars, so their characteristics, their customers and their atmosphere, are very dissimilar. Usually, those who have fewer stars are more directed at the more traditional therapeutic aspect of the spa, the most luxurious, however, tend to mix it with the latest looks and playful aspects of these establishments, so their favourite beauty, wellness and relaxation programmes are usually added to the ones intended to prevent or treat countless diseases, which vary according to the indications of the type of medicinal mineral water of each of them. They both have their facilities open to hotel guests and customers not staying at it. In addition, all of them, regardless of their category, must perform their treatments under the supervision of a doctor, who establishes the necessary duration and type of techniques to be applied in order to achieve a therapeutic effective goal.

Location: Carretera del Balneario s/n. - 27300 Guitiriz, Lugo
Phone: 982 022 200
Fax: 982 022 210
E-mail:: reservas@hesperia-balneariodeguitiriz.com
Web page: www.hoteles-hesperia.es

Balneario de Guitiriz

Location: Barrio da Ponte, s/n. - 27004 Lugo/td>
Phone: 982 22 12 28
Fax: 982 22 16 59.
E-mail:: balneario@balneariodelugo.com
Web page: www.balneariodelugo.com

Balneario de Lugo


Their name is derived from the Latin acronym “Health from water”. Without the properties of the medicinal mineral waters, these resorts are oriented more towards a ludic enjoyment of water and of beauty, wellness and relaxation programmes, through techniques which are also used in thalassotherapy or spa, such as hot tubs, jets, dynamic heated pools or jacuzzis.

Location: Avda. Ramón Ferreiro, 21 - 27002 Lugo
Phone: 982 22 41 52
Fax: 982 24 16 60
E-mail:: ghlugo@ghhoteles.es
Web page: www.gh-hoteles.com

Gran Hotel de Lugo

Location: Charca do Alligal, s/n. Santaballa - 27830 Vilalba, Lugo
Phone: 982 515 000
Fax: 982240195
E-mail:: hotelspavillalba@husa.es
Web page: www.husa.es

Husa Spa Villalba